Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Wide aperture Help
DMC-FX78:f/2.5
DMC-FX700:f/2.2
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Zoom Poor zoom Help
5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Compact

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Compact

Weight Is slightly heavier
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

Compact

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Compact

Movie format Records lower quality movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160

Compact

$112

Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132

Travel zoom

$114

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Compact

3D Takes 3D photos
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$289 - $300

Zoom More zoom
3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Ultra compact

$91

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10

Sony Cybershot WX10

Compact

$228

3D Takes 3D photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

$560

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Compact

Size Slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$362 - $398

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Size Much larger
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Touch screen No touch screen
Size Significantly larger

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